Funding for NEPA Health Centers During Coronavirus Crisis

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced new supplemental federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to northeastern Pennsylvania health centers to meet the evolving COVID-19 needs in their respective communities.

  • Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania – $67,712
  • Scranton Primary Health Care Center Inc. – $60,128
  • Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers – $72,380

These awards come from funding authorized by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074) which Cartwright helped enact earlier this month as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Funded health centers may use the awards to bolster their COVID-19 screening and testing, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to the pandemic.

“Local health centers have been and will be critical players in our response to COVID-19,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee.“This initial funding package is providing much-needed support to health centers across the country as they work to keep Americans safe during this growing public health emergency, and more help is on the way. I commend our health centers and health care workers for their bravery and being on the front lines of this fight in our communities.”

In addition to H.R. 6074, Cartwright also helped enact the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), to help families stay healthy and make ends meet during the crisis. Today, the House will consider a third coronavirus relief package — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) — a sweeping $2 trillion package that invests billions in state local COVID-19 response efforts, bolsters unemployment benefits, and provides direct payments for Americans to provide them with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.


Dunmoreans Nominated to Attend U.S. Service Academies

Congressman Matt Cartwright  has announced students from Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties nominated for appointments to attend the United States Service Academies, including two from Dunmore, Colby DeSando and Charles Valvano. 

Each student nominated by Congressman Cartwright will go through the academies’ competitive application process. If offered an appointment, the students will join their respective academy’s Class of 2024.

U.S. Service Academies Nominees Colby DeSando“Each student nominated is among the best and brightest of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and they represent the next generation of great American leaders,” Cartwright said. “I want to thank these outstanding young adults for their willingness to commit to serving their country. They give me hope that our best days are surely ahead.”

Colby DeSando, son of Michael and Lori DeSando is a graduate of Dunmore High School. He has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Colby currently attends Virginia Tech and is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Marching Band. While at Dunmore High School, Colby was vice president of Students Against Destructive Decisions and a member of Health Career Club and the marching, concert, and jazz bands. 

Colby is an active member of his community, serving as the Public Safety Head Chairman City and State at the Keystone Boys State in 2018 and a Keystone Boys State counselor in 2019. As a member of the Sea Cadets, he was both a Seaman and Assistant Leading Petty Officer. 

U.S. Service Academies Nominees Charles ValvanoCharles Valvano is the son of Guy and Kellie Valvano and a senior at Dunmore Jr./Sr. High School. Charles is a member of the National Honors Society, Dunmore High School Yearbook, TACT, and the Health Service, Engineering, and Students Against Destructive Decisions clubs.

He won first place in the 2019 Northeast Pennsylvania Bridge Building Competition and went on to place first in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and 26th internationally. Charles is on the varsity football and track and field teams. He was also 2018 Scranton Times Division III Coaches’ All-Star Defensive Selection and is a co-captain of the football team.

Charles is a member of the U.S Naval Sea Cadets and was the recipient of the Dart Drones Scholarship. Charles has been nominated to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD and the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO.


Other local nominations include Lance Corporal Michael Huntington, Dallas, currently serving as a musician in the United Marine Corps Band, also nominated for the Naval Academy; Tyler Kotowski, Scott Township, nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy; Stephen  Postupak, also of Dallas, a member of the Air Force ROTC at St. Joseph’s University, also nominated to the Air Force Academy; Jakob Quanbeck, Clarks Summit, who has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Navy Academy and the U.S. Military Academy; Dylan Rowland of Carbondale, who is currently majoring in mechanical engineering at Penn State University and is a part of the Army ROTC Nittany Lion Battalion nominated to the U.S. Military Academy.

Ancient Order of Hibernians Host “Man of the Year” Party

Man of the YearThe Ancient Order of Hibernians held a party on March 1 for the Paul “Hook” O’Malley Man of the Year Award in honor of Kevin Shaughnessy in recognition of his many organizations and charitable involvements.

The event kicked off the St. Patrick’s Day season with the AOH Paul “Hook” O’Malley Man of the Year award presented and the event featured a proclamation by Congressman Matt Cartwright.  Proceeds benefit All Saints Academy scholarships.